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A misguided crusade that will break up families Lynette Burrows defends parents' rights IN PREPARATION for the government's imminent consultation paper on the family, the heavy brigades of the child-care services are mustering in the wings. 160 of them have banded together...read more
Mad bureaucracy in a dangerous world Charterhouse Chronicle Lynette Burrows What a preposterous idea of the BBC's to stifle any mention of Peter Mandelson alleged homosexuality. Preposterous and doomed. How John Major must have longed to have allies like that in the...read more
When sex is very far from safe... As government experts argue for lowering the age of consent for girls to 14, Lynette Burrows points out the flaws in their thinking It would help everyone if we realised that there is a cultural war going on. The trouble is, only one of...read more
Into the hands of paedophiles The House of Commons is today expected to pass a change in the law governing homosexual relations. Lynette Burrows finds the measure naive IT IS the juxtaposition of the two that should alert us to danger. Seeking to lower the age of...read more
Contraception is now freely available to under-16s but where is the moral guidance to go with it? The young ones betrayed by sex education BY LYNETTE BURROWS AT LONG last — somebody in Government has had a blinding glimpse of the obvious. On Saturday, the Minister...read more
Mother-of-six Lynette Burrows recalls the emotional turmoil that drove her to flee from home as a child Inside the mind of a teenage runaway THEY have everything before them. They have their health. They have ambitions. They have the excitement of experiencing everything...read more
Europe : what does it mean for the family? Do the laws of the European Court have the best interests of the traditional family at heart? LYNETTE BURROWS voices her concern I HAVE TO DECLARE an interest. One of my sons is standing as a Referendum Party candidate in the...read more
Spare the job, mother, and save the child The chief cause of juvenile delinquency is the working woman, says Lynette Burrows GK CHESTERTON remarked that there was but a hair's breadth between meaning well and meaning nothing. Unfortunately, that applies to the current...read more
Can there be a lesser of two evils? Recent figures on abortion have brought crucial questions freshly to the fore. Here two Catholic commentators give diverging arguments Lynette Burrows argues that taking a soft line on contraception and sin crucially alters our moral...read more
PRICE WE ALL PAY WHEN WOMEN SHIRK PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY What kind of mother farms out her baby? by LYNETTE BURROWS IT IS an axiom of modern life that children spend ever-decreasing amounts of time in the company of their parents. Despite every report pointing up...read more
LYNETTE BURROWS on being a token 'straight' at homosexual debate Unflattering gays Andrew Sullivan, the British editor of the liberal American magazine New Republic, has made three modest proposals about assimilating homosexuals into mainstream society. They are that the...read more
Was brave Alison such a responsible mother? By LYNETTE BURROWS DEATH concentrates the mind wonderfully, as Samuel Johnson observed. The untimely death of Alison Hargreaves on the slopes of the K2 mountain reminds us why women do not often get involved in such enterprises....read more
Youth's last chance LYNETTE BURROWS I WONDER if Niall Ferguson was joking when he suggested in The Daily Telegraph last week that Michael Portillo should bring back National Service as a means of curbing the delinquent activities of the young men who are responsible...read more
Drug legalisation is the opium of the intelligentsia LYNETTE BURROWS THE CASE for legalising drugs is being made more frequently and ever more urgently. John Casey's argument, made eloquently in The Daily Telegraph last week, is simple and almost completely convincing....read more
Who'll take over? LYNETTE BURROWS DOES IT matter that a large number of young women say that they do not intend to have any children? The question is posed by the projection published last week by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys which finds that 20 per cent...read more
The big booze boob LYNETTE BURROWS IF anyone wants to know how long even the most disastrous social experiments can continue in the face of common sense and experience, they have only to contemplate the history of Prohibition. Seventy-five years ago the sale and...read more
The liberal legacy LYNETTE BURROWS SOME important people want Myra Hindley released; the public do not. Indeed, many people have said they would kill her if she came out of jail. In effect, therefore, a fatwa has been pronounced on Hindley. Tut, tut; most embarrassing for...read more
Making a killing The hit film 'Pulp Fiction' turns extreme violence into a profitable joke, says LYNETTE BURROWS THE FILM Pulp Fiction is one which recognises its limitations, and gives itself an accurate title. To most people it is fairly obvious that an enormous...read more
The truth that dare not whisper its name LYNETTE BURROWS on why the idea that IQ is hereditary is causing anguish among multiculturalists THE furore over the publication in America last week of the book The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life...read more
Making a mugger’s day LYNETTE BURROWS New York Everybody said it would happen if I went to New York. You'll get mugged, they said, and I did. Three days into my maiden visit I was strolling home with my brother at nine o'clock on a beautiful evening. The streets...read more
Eat your nice slices LYNETTE BURROWS FASCISTS, in a strictly political sense, have always been thin on the ground in this country, but the emotional sort — those who want to force others to live according to their beliefs — are everywhere. Consider Mrs Bottomley...read more
Guns that deter LYNETTE BURROWS ONCE again we have seen armed police out in force in pursuit of a criminal who, in this case, shot himself dead. It is a sight that is becoming ever more familiar, and the irony is that the liberal philosophy that denied society the...read more
Yes, we can bring back smacking Modish theories about kindness to children are invariably cruel and harmful, says LYNETTE BURROWS IT is a perfect fable for today. A young tearaway terrorises an elderly couple, and a policeman, called to assist them, cuffs him. The couple...read more
A licence to deprave Lowering the age of homosexual consent should be resisted, argues LYNETTE BURROWS THE House of Commons is to have a free vote on whether to lower the age of consent for homosexuals from 21 to 18, or 16. Edwina Currie, who is putting the case for...read more
A pornucopia of feminist banality SECOND SIGHT - SHERE HITE Behind the smut lies silliness, says LYNETTE BURROWS THE American sexologist Shere Hite has written a novel that the Times describes as a "bodice-fastener" — because it has no sex in it. This should...read more
Disease of ‘the Social’ LYNETTE BURROWS SURELY the most important point to emerge from the case of the young mother who left her child unattended all day in order to go out to work is that she did not consider going to the social services department for help. It is as...read more
Through foreign eyes LYNETTE BURROWS CAMBRIDGE is full of foreign visitors at present, and I am teaching a clutch of them in a summer school. Very enjoyable it is too, and it strikes me again this year how alive and well are national stereotypes. It is part of our...read more
Pity the little children who do not labour Lynette Burrows argues that girls and boys should go out to work A REPORT published last week by the Low Pay Unit, an independent research organisation, entitled The Hidden Army, revealed that 43 per cent of children aged...read more
Who needs Shakespeare? Lynette Burrows suggests that the Prince was too much the patrician last week THERE is something about Prince Charles's speech concerning the lack of Shakespeare in the curriculum of some schools that strikes a chord. It is faintly reminiscent of...read more
The abuse of social work Dawn raids to seize children continue. Lynette Burrows asks who is doing the real damage THE LATEST affair involving social workers — the dawn raids, with the police in tow, on hitherto respectable families in order to seize their children and...read more
Women are more equal Lynette Burrows deplores the discrimination suggested by one of last week's court cases A CASE has just ended in the Central Criminal Court which had the distinction of highlighting a significant aspect of our present culture without ever referring...read more
Barminess about bonking Lynette Burrows wonders why progressives are suddenly so shocked by under-age sex A REVIEW published recently by the Family Policy Studies Centre tells us that 50 per cent of all girls have had sexual intercourse before they reach 16. One must assume...read more
No smacking - another fad that threatens families AS IT IS by LYNETTE BURROWS Heigh-ho! this week has been designated National No-Smacking Week by one of those ineffably self-important, ludicrous groups composed of media child-care experts who think they know what...read more
The cult of violence in the home by Lynette Burrows BY THE TIME he is 12 the average child will have seen 10,000 simulated deaths on television, many of them during the season of peace on earth and goodwill toward men. It's all part of Christmas fun, of course, along with...read more
The way to beat the school bullies Lynette Burrows says the rod can prevent childhood violence THE RECENT demonstration of French children protesting about poor teaching and intimidation in school should give our educationists pause for thought since the two issues are...read more
Do not violate marriage MANY people must have felt uneasy at the Law Commission's proposal last week that a new offence of marital rape be put on the statute book. The last time it was considered by the Criminal Law Revision Committee, in 1984, they were divided on the issue and...read more
Treating sex as child's play HOW WOULD you feel if a person who was not a doctor or a responsible relative asked your son how big his penis was or your daughter whether she had started her periods? Most parents would be instantly suspicious of the motive for such questions,...read more
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